Whilst I loathe Roland and what he has done to our club and I have been a supporter of CARD both in principle and with a moderate financial contribution, I think that it is time to stop protesting at games now. Going to football should be fun and a shared entertainment experience.
I know for us diehards who still go, it’s far more than that- it’s part of being in a tribe, but for the people outside us diehards , which is anyone above a crowd of c10k, they just want to have a fun , hassle free day – they don’t want to hear fans arguing amongst themselves and abusing each other. They probably aren’t keen on interrupting games with pitch rubbish either. It’s my opinion and maybe I am wrong, but the vast majority of our crowd just want to watch a good game, see our team give 100% like they did against Peterborough and support the team by getting behind them.
I’m not suggesting that the CARD team or the crisp throwers aren’t also getting behind the team, but at times it seems like a secondary objective.
Roland is doing a good enough job of destroying the club and reducing attendances, I worry that the overall negativity is made worse by the protests at The Valley – however undeniably effective they are in garnering publicity.
I am not against continuing the fight against Roland and in particular, I think the guys who are taking the fight to Belgium are to be applauded and let us hope that Roland finds the embarrassment on home turf tedious enough to drop his asking price.